I think we witnessed an instance of too much swagga a couple days ago.
We see swagger all the time in pro sports; on the ice, at the diamond, and especially on the hardwood and gridiron.
It’s all about how you carry yourself. Invincibility.
To engineer a championship team you must have that strut. Overseas you’ll hear announcers calling a game and referring to one of the world’s super clubs as playing with their tails up.
In the NFL, you’ll see everyone try and walk the walk, but ultimately it’s the strong that survive and you have a wonderful match up between the Seahawks and Patriots in the championship game. Both of those teams can back up their trash talk.
Baseball. The San Francisco Giants have been the best of the big leagues in 2010, ’12 and ’14.
One exception might be the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. Actually they have a quite a bit of confidence. A don’t mind us we’ve been here before air about them.
That’s what I thought the LA Kings had, until they ran their mouths in our city on Monday.
With two Stanley Cup titles over the last three years, we have all seen Darryl Sutter’s win the title as an 8th seed and come back from three-love in the opening round versus the Sharks and go all the way to lifting the mug.
With games on Monday here and Tuesday in Edmonton, LA proudly announced they did not just want to make the playoffs, they had their eyes on second place Vancouver.
Boom, bulletin board material and within 23 hours, everyone around LA in the playoff race had won and the Kings had two crushing defeats in Vancouver and Edmonton and face elimination tomorrow.
Some things are better left unsaid, and the cocky Kings double dipped into the swagga bucket.